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Study Abroad FAQs

As you prepare to study abroad you may have questions about what to bring, where you will stay and more.

Check out some frequently asked questions about our study abroad program.

For any questions not addressed here, please reach out to the Study Abroad office at studyabroad@iona.edu or (914) 633-2221.

The costs vary year-to-year depending on the type of program offered.

Semester Programs
In the semester programs like Western Europe and Discover France: Paris, tuition, room and board are equivalent to what you would pay in New Rochelle with the exception of certain programs which do not include some meals. However the amount you are charged for board (food) will be adjusted for those additional out-of-pocket expenses.

Summer Programs
The current program fee for our summer programs is $5,000, and includes lodging, health insurance, some meals, course-related excursions, international airport transfers and three (3) academic credits.

It does not include independent travel and most meals.

Winter Intersession Programs
Winter Intersession Programs costs vary from program to program. Professors can choose to have the travel component of their study abroad course to take place during the winter intersession and then have the course taken after they return from travel during the Spring semester. This allows for you to pay only for the program fees instead of paying program fees and for three (3) credits of tuition.

Some professors choose to have both the course and the travel component to take place during the Winter Intersession. This means you will pay the program fee and the cost of three (3) winter credits.

Spring Break Programs
The cost of Spring Break study abroad programs varies from program to program. In these programs you pay for the program fee, airfare and some meals. You do not have an additional cost for the 3-credit course associated with the faculty-led program, as the course is taken during the semester along with the other courses you take.

All financial aid and scholarships will apply only to semester programs.

You will live in either apartments or traditional dormitory-style residences. Living arrangements vary from program to program.

If you are interested in studying abroad, contact the Study Abroad office for specific information.

No. You cannot change designated courses after the add/drop deadline noted in the College's academic calendar. These dates are subject to change, so take note of these while registering for courses.

Please refer to the Academic Calendar webpage for specifics on these deadlines.

Iona professors accompany and lead students abroad on our summer and spring break programs.

Yes! Non-Iona students are welcome in most of our programs and follow the same application process as matriculated Iona students. You must simply fill out one additional form to be signed by the respective officials at your home institution.

Our office suggests that you use debit and credit cards while abroad. ATMs are easy to use and readily available. You must inform your banks and credit card companies that you will be studying abroad for a particular amount of time so as to avoid card deactivation.

Additionally, you should inquire with your bank regarding possible daily withdrawal limits and withdrawal fees for debit card accounts.

Our office does not recommend that you bring cash or traveler's checks abroad.

Our office requires that you have a cell phone while studying abroad. You are free to buy your own international plan or purchase local phones and SIM cards in your respective study abroad location.

Yes. Health insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants in Iona's study abroad programs.

Specifically, all students are required to enroll in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), designed for study abroad programs.

For more information, please visit CISI's main website or CISI's Iona College page.

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